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Swimming Pool Accidents and Drownings, Hot Tub Accidents, Wrongful Death Attorney

Swimming Pool Accidents and Drownings, Hot Tub Accidents, Wrongful Death AttorneyThe second leading cause of death among children under the age of 14 is drowning. Over 7,000 children are injured in pools and recreational tubs (hot tubs and Jacuzzis) each year. When a person or child has been injured or drowned in a pool related accident, the negligent property owners can be held legally responsibility for the injuries and damages suffered by the victim.

California law requires most private property owners with swimming pools in their backyards to fence the area surrounding the pool and to have special child-proof gates. These laws may also require similar precautions for hot tubs or Jacuzzis. A property owner is not permitted to permit children access to pools and hot tubs without proper adult supervision. Many local county or city ordinances require 5’ or higher fences protected with gates that have a Building and Safety Code safety latch.

Toddlers, babies and children can drowned in even small amounts of water or suffer a brain damage injury (TBI) if their faces are submerged. In addition to swimming pools and hot tubs, children have also drowned in fish ponds, wading pools and fountains.

If you or your child has been injured or if someone has drowned in a swimming pool, hot tub or other circumstance involving water, it is important that you contact Rocky K. Copley as soon as possible. Evidence needs to be gathered quickly before the evidence is lost. Property owners frequently correct the defects immediately after the accident has occurred in order to avoid being held responsible for the damages by their carelessness. If the accident involves a public swimming pool, a special claim must be filed with the public entity within 6 months of the accident in order to preserve your right to pursue a personal injury or wrongful death claim. Please contact Rocky K. Copley for a free initial consultation today.

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